Automatic Chicken Door - Internet WiFi Enabled
Automatically opens your coop door at dawn and securely closes it at dusk, or schedule open and close times.
Constructed with solid 1 inch dimensional lumber: Indoor/Outdoor rated Select Grade Pine lumber is treated with an environmentally safe, non-toxic treatment which lasts a lifetime and never needs to be re-applied!
At-A-Glance Status: Super Bright LED Lights make it easy to check the status of your coop door from a distance at night. |
Key Automatic Chicken Door Features:
|Coop Tender® products are backed by a 1 year manufacturer's warranty on all parts including electronics.|
Real-time Door Status - Programming:
The Real-time Coop Door Status Display cycles through key information and displays it in an easy to read format:
- Date and Time
- Coop Temperature
- Operating Voltage)
- Ambient Daylight Value (0-total darkness to 1024-sunlight shining on sensor)
- Door Control Settings
- Freeze Protect Settings
- Door Status
Display screen provides the interface for controlling and programming your door with the keypad.
Press a number to activate the Coop Tender Menu. Press -Up, -Down, -Select and -Back to navigate the keypad menu.
When programming a setting, numbers are used for numerical input.
Pressing [#] or entering programming mode will turn on the display backlight to enhance readability, especially at night.
Coop Tender Keypad Menu flow diagram:
Programmable Digital Freeze Protect: Door stays closed on those winter days when it is dangerously cold out. Freeze Protect may be configured to keep the door closed based on any temperature and may be disabled if desired.
Pre-programmed to keep door closed if temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius).
Programmable Dawn / Dusk delays: allow fine tuning automatic door operation in Dusk to Dawn mode.Comes pre-programmed with a 10 minute Dusk Delay to give your chickens a little more time to get into the coop to roost before closing. If you have a chicken which stays out a little later, you can increase the delay to accommodate her.
If you know that you have a nighttime predator, or a dog which is out soon after dawn, you can program a Dawn Delay to delay door opening in the morning for any number of minutes to help keep your chickens safe.
Programmable Door Operation: Choose from 3 modes of operation:
- Dusk to Dawn (a.k.a. Dawn to Dusk)
Door comes pre-programmed to operate in Dusk to Dawn door operation. The digital micro-controller reads Daylight Value from a light sensor located above the keypad and uses the information along with the programmed settings to determine when to open and close the coop door.
A real time digital clock keeps time for Scheduled Operation. A CR2032 battery is installed to maintain the date and time when power is not available, ensuring that your door still operates based on the correct time after power is restored.
Internet WiFi Enabled Chicken Door:
Connecting the Coop Tender® Internet WiFi Radio Module to your door takes coop management to the next level.
Monitor and Control your door from anywhere in the world with a web browser and Internet connection
Program Door Control settings - great for changing open and close times if you are using a time based schedule
View key door metric charts
Real time coop door status
Door Control Mode
Receive SMS and email alerts
Door status changes (Opening, open, closing and closed)
Battery voltage warnings
Check Door Status, Temperature and Door Operation Mode - Remotely Control your doors with the press of a button.
Control your door and send programming updates with user friendly screens (consistent across all devices):
Energy Efficient - Solar Chicken Door Operation:
Our coop door controller is designed to be highly energy efficient, permitting operation by using solar power from the sun.
At its core, Coop Tender Auto Coop Door runs on 12 Volts DC. Our door controllers come standard capable of running from standard household AC electricity, or from a 12 Volt DC power source.
An AC to DC power converter is built into our coop door controllers which converts your AC electricity to DC voltage. The AC power consumption is highly efficient at 1 Watt. DC power consumption is less than 50 milliAmps at 12 volts DC.
Battery Backup: Install a 12 Volt 5 Amp-hour SLA DC Battery in the door controller - should electric power fail, the battery will run your door for about 5 days, until your electricity is restored.
A battery charger / maintainer is built into our coop door controllers. When AC power is restored, the backup battery is recharged.
Solar Operation: Connecting a solar panel allows for Coop Door operation without AC electricity. A 20 Watt solar panel combined with the backup battery above will run your door without AC electricity. The solar panel will provide power even in low-light situations until full sunlight is available. Three to four hours of sunlight per day is sufficient to charge and maintain the battery during solar door operation.
[semi-technical] DC power consumption is highly efficient at less than 50 milliamps. If system voltage gets low, the door controller will go into power save mode which utilizes about 20 milliamps, preserving power until enough sunlight is available to recharge.
On the outside: Coop Tender® Automatic Chicken Doors are solid and durable to last many years
- Solid 1 inch indoor/outdoor rated select grade dimensional pine lumber make this coop door extremely durable.
- Quality, precision wood craftsmanship: functional and asthetically pleasing.
- Treated with a non-toxic, environmentally friendly wood treatment* - never needs to be reapplied.
- May be finished to your liking by applying a non-toxic, water based exterior grade paint or stain.
- Quality micro-controller firmware ensures dependable, no-worry operation day after day.
- Micro-controller electronic technology minimizes power usage and long-term operating cost and dependability.
- High torque gear motor provides plenty of power to reliably and automatically open and close your coop door each day.
- 5/8 inch solid steel Acme thread screw drive - predators can't open the door when it is closed, no matter how hard they try..
85 - 264 Volts AC (Electric Operation)
12 - 19 Volts DC (Solar Operation)
AC Power consumption
DC Power consumption (idle)
40mA @ 12VDC
DC Power consumption (power save mode)
20mA @ 12VDC
DC Power consumption (chicken door opening or closing)
150mA-300mA @ 12VDC
Max Charging Power
Automatic Chicken Door cutout dimensions
26 1/2 inches high x 13 1/2 inches wide
Automatic Chicken Door overall dimensions
26 1/2 inches high x 17 1/2 inches wide x 5 5/16 inches deep
Coop door opening dimensions
10 inches high x 10 inches wide
solid steel worm / screw drive
Door opening time
Door closing time
-20 to +185 ℉
Door Status LED Light Indicators:
Super Bright LED light indicators for coop door status and battery status, warnings and alerts. Easy to check your coop door from a distance at night.
Chicken Coop Door Opener LED Status Matrix
|Coop Tender||Battery||Charge/Power||Door Status|
|Manual Mode||NA||NA||Opening / Closing|
Protect your investment:
Whether you are raising poultry for eggs or meat, there are costs involved. On average, it costs up to $25 per month to raise one chicken2. Annualized, that becomes up to $300 to raise and feed one chicken for one year. If you feed your poultry organically, then your costs could be even higher.
If a predator should happen to get to your flock, losing a single chicken has a negative financial impact. Hopefully it is not a raccoon who gets your chickens - they tend to wastefully destroy the entire flock.
Forgetting or neglecting to close the chicken coop door just one night will provide an open invitation to all of your night-time predators. Coop Tender automatic chicken door easily pays for itself by keeping all of your poultry safely locked in the coop each night.
Coop Tender® always remembers to open and close your coop door - keeping your poultry investment safe and secure.
Safe, Happy Hens - without the hassle:
Imagine collecting free-range chicken eggs or raising free-range poultry for meat without the need to open and close the coop door every day.
Coop Tender can be installed in almost any chicken coop.
Simple installation Screw the unit to your existing coop door opening or cutout and turn it on.
Anyone who raises free-range chickens knows the challenges of predators, especially at night when your hens are roosting.
- Have you ever forgotten to close the coop door at night?
- Have you ever wanted to sleep just a little bit longer before heading out to open the coop door, especially on those rainy or cold winter mornings?
- Wouldn't it be nice to visit with neighbors, friends and family a little longer, knowing your hens are safe with the coop door closed?
- Stuck in traffic on your way home and it's getting dark? Coop Tender will close your coop for you.
Most importantly, Coop Tender® is Predator Proof. Have peace of mind knowing that your hens are safe at night. The automatic chicken door mechanism cannot be opened by raccoons, cougars, bobcats, mink, coyotes, opossums, skunks or any other nighttime predator. Bears can't even open the coop door!
Predators are the #1 cause of free-range chicken mortality. A recent study by the University of Minnesota shows that nearly 80% of all cause-specific losses of chickens are directly related to predators 1. That’s more than diseases, external parasites and mismanagement. Anyone who has lost chickens to predators can tell you how emotional it is, especially if you hatched and raised the chicks yourself. You certainly develop a bond with them.
Imagine safe, happy hens with no need to open and close the chicken door each day! Your hens will be happy and will love you even more... They will be out at dawn when the choicest insects, bugs and worms are out. Your chickens would love to be the “early bird”. At the end of the day, after returning to the coop to roost, your hens will feel safe because Coop Tender is keeping the predators out.
You'll have more time to do the things that you want:
- Spend more quality time with friends, family and neighbors
- Continue working on that special project
- Take a vacation
...all with peace of mind that your chickens are safely closed in the coop at night.
Automatic Chicken Door Design concept:
Coop Tender Automatic Chicken Coop Door was designed from the ground-up to ensure worry-free automatic chicken door operation with features that allow you to take full control of your chicken door.
Our Automatic Chicken Coop Door uses the same micro-controller automation technology driving thousands of devices spanning home, business and industrial applications.
We avoided what our research uncovered as a relatively weak point in many other chicken coop door designs. Of all the components which are likely to fail, drive mechanisms using pulleys and string or cable exhibited relatively high failure rates. We believe in the concept of keeping it simple. Our coop door drive mechanism consists of a high torque, low power permanent magnet gear motor attached to a custom manufactured 5/8 inch solid steel Acme threaded worm / screw drive. This, in turn is connected directly to the door. There is only one moving part to automatically open and close the coop door, eliminating multiple, potential failure points.
We also avoided the second most prominent weak point in many other chicken door designs, mechanical timers. Our system is digitally driven with electronic components certified to temperatures from -40° F to 185° F. Coop Tender will continue to operate your door when others fail due to sub-freezing temperatures.
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Where do the profits go?:
We're a big fan of humanely treated livestock. 1% of all proceeds are donated to Certified Humane Raised & Handled
80% of the cost goes directly to parts and labor. About 18% goes to business expenses such as marketing, utilities and supplies.
Below you should see a chart which illustrates how the average cost (price) of one of our automatic chicken coop doors is allocated.
We could easily charge more for our door if financial gain was our motive. We simply wish to offer our product at a highly competitive price so that our customers may benefit from our work with advanced automation and Internet technology.
Parts are the greatest portion of the price. Each one of our coop door openers has over 200 individual parts. Over 150 of those parts are electronics related. We purchase our coop door parts in volume so we pay a lower price. We pass those savings directly to our customers.
Automatic Chicken Door Videos:
Automatic Chicken Door Closing
Automatic Chicken Door Opening
Coop Door Closing - Universal Web App
Coop Door Opening - Universal Web App
Automatic Chicken Door Installations:
Coop Tender® System:
The Coop Tender® System provides the ultimate in comfort and safety for your poultry livestock. The Coop Tender® System modules are driven by the Coop Tender Internet Wi-Fi Module.
The Coop Tender® System includes three modules:
Each module may be added to your coop system at any time. Start with the Internet Wi-Fi module which is necessary in order to add the Accessory Controller or Predator Motion detector.
All system components may be monitored and controlled from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and browser in the Coop Tender Universal Web App™.
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*"Zeitgeist Mission Statement." TZM -. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2015.1Alfred, B., P.L. M. Msoffe, F. F. Kajuna, D. Bunn, A. P. Muhairwa, and CJ Cardona. "Causes of Losses in Free-range Local Chickens following Control of Newcastle Disease in Three Villages in Morogoro, Tanzania." Causes of Losses in Free-range Local Chickens following Control of Newcastle Disease in Three Villages in Morogoro, Tanzania. University of Minnesota, USA, 1 July 2012. Web. 17 Aug. 2014.
2"How Much Does It Cost to Raise Backyard Chickens?" BackYard Chickens. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.
*We use a natural non-toxic wood treatment which requires no maintenance and is environmentally safe. The treatment creates no harmful residue in soils or water and is friendly to plants, animals and people. It never needs to be re-applied. You can read more about it by visiting Valhalco.com.